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"I Won't Hold You Back" is a song by American rock band Toto, written and sung by Steve Lukather for their fourth album, Toto IV, released in 1983 (see 1983 in music). The power ballad[1] peaked at number 10 in the US on the Billboard Hot 100 chart on May 7, 1983 and spent three weeks at number one on the U.S. Adult Contemporary chart.[2] The single only managed to scrape into the top 40 on the UK Singles Chart. In Canada it peaked at number 17 on RPM Magazine Top Singles chart, as well as reaching #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart.[3] It also peaked at number 11 in Ireland.

"I Won't Hold You Back"
Single by Toto
from the album Toto IV
ReleasedMarch 12, 1983
GenreSoft rock
Songwriter(s)Steve Lukather
Toto singles chronology
"I Won't Hold You Back"
"Waiting for Your Love"

The song features the Eagles' bass player Timothy B. Schmit on backing vocals during the choruses.

The song was featured in a 1983 episode of the us daytime soap opera General Hospital in a scene where a heartbroken Luke Spencer laments over his breakup with Holly Sutton.

The song was featured on an episode of American Dad.

The song was later sampled by house DJ Roger Sanchez in 2001 for his song "Another Chance", reaching number one in the UK Singles Chart.[4]



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See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "The 40 Greatest Power Ballads".
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1996). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 6th Edition (Billboard Publications)
  3. ^ RPM Adult Contemporary, May 21, 1983
  4. ^ "All the No. 1's – Another Chance". The Official UK Charts Company. Archived from the original on 14 August 2007. Retrieved 30 September 2007.